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Item #: SCP-055-IT

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Given the spread of SCP-055-IT, the final containment is currently impossible. Foundation's efforts are mostly focused on identifying all the communities on the Italian territory, monitoring them, and eradicating them if they show signs of growth or establish themselves in highly populated areas. Every news about SCP-055-IT instances must be covered up by SIR-I ("Aureæ Notitiæ") via standard obfuscation procedures.

Update: Experiments made by experts from Site Deus showed that opening controlled rifts in reality can make SCP-055-IT instances converge into them, making capture and eradication easier. After such discovery, the "Piscator Vacui" protocol has been approved on the whole Italian territory, with the opening of Areas used to create, control and study SCP-055-IT. Thanks to the protocol, the number of casualties caused by SCP-055-IT has been reduced by 92%.

Description: SCP-055-IT is a species of organism usually residing outside of the known reality that, when emerging, manifests itself with a serpentine body, usually measure between 50 cm and 4,5 m in length and weighing from 0,8 to 30 kg, and has two side fins. SCP-055-IT's musculature has a flaccid consistency, while the skin is translucent and moderately slimy, colored black or brownish, and covered in fine hair. SCP-055-IT's head is very large, up to one-third of the overall length, and shows well-developed jaws, of which the lower can open with an angle up to 100°, fitted with tapered teeth with a serrated edge, atrophic eyes (covered in skin in some specimen) and four pairs of vibrissae along the mouth's edge. Starting from the first half of the dorsum, SCP-055-IT shows a light yellow or beige-colored elongate fin that extends to the end of the tail, tense between bones of decreasing size from the cephalic region.

SCP-055-IT is carnivorous, and hunts by suddenly emerging from rifts or areas where the space-time fabric is particularly weak. Exposure to our universe's physics laws results in a "contraction" of SCP-055-IT's body that, in turn, causes a force of suction ranging from ███ N to ██ kN, based on the specimen's dimensions. SCP-055-IT uses this effect to attract their prey to their mouth, stun it and harm it to prevent it from escaping during the departing from reality phase.

It's believed that SCP-055-IT's hair and vibrissae serve as sensors to reveal the presence of prey and places to emerge, allowing them to plan the attack and pass less time possible in the reality: despite adapting to reduce the shock caused by emerging, the effects of manifestation in our universe are deleterious and lead to the death of smaller instances in a matter of minutes, while bigger instances can survive for some hours.

Little is known about SCP-055-IT's behavior and growth, given the impossibility to directly observe them. From the available data, it is known that small-sized instances move in packs, while big-sized ones are solitary and territorial, with a preferred emerging area; however, in the event of many preys in one area, is it possible that more big-sized instances coexist in the same area.

Anomaly's history: Most ancient sources about SCP-055-IT come from partial documents of the Ordo Iani dating back to VIII century, in which the anomaly's description and a summary of the studies on it are reported; in particular, it's been highlighted that most of SCP-055-IT's emersions took place in areas marked with independent anomalous phenomena, leading to the hypothesis that they are "attracted" in some way by paranormal events. Successive documentation, dated to the second half of the IX century, showed that the Order managed to develop a method to seal emersion areas and launched a campaign to limit SCP-055-IT's spread, especially in urban areas.

Although the measures' initial effectiveness, SCP-055-IT's population grew significantly larger in the second half of the XIIIth century, especially in Apulia and Basilicata; this attracted the CCSG's attention, who designated SCP-055-IT as a demonic anomaly1 and created an apposite section only to pursue large-scale extermination, also dedicated to surveillance of the manifestation zones and their stabilization. Such operations took notorious effect and lead to a sharp drop of SCP-055-IT's population on the territory.

With RIDIA's coming, both the CCSG and the OI lost their control over the territory, thereby leading to the degradation of the esoteric structures and reduction of the extermination campaigns; this, together with the start of the two world wars and [REDACTED BY ORDER OF THE S5 SUPERINTENDENCE], caused a dramatic increase of SCP-055-IT's population. At the time of writing, is it estimated that more than ██ emersion phenomena with assaults on human beings happen every month on the Italian territory (particularly concentrated in Apulia, Basilicata and Aosta Valley), of which half of them results in casualties. Data coming from Foundation's other Branches report that this phenomenon happens principally in Italy, France, and Switzerland, where most of these events occur.

Addendum 1: Following the development of the Reality Cell System, Site Deus's Direction gave the authorization to open a controlled rift in the high-security Section C to catch SCP-055-IT instances at various stages of development. To do so, the "Piscator Vacui" directive has been issued, which has finalized ██.000.000 euros over ten years of the project, overseen by Dr. Claudia Barra.

Following are the most relevant documents about the project. A Level 3 or Higher Clearance is required to access them.

Addendum 2: Below is a summary of the observations made during various autopsies of SCP-055-IT instances by Dr. Baldini, Level 4 researcher at Site Deus.

Addendum 3: On 13/07/13, Site Deus's sensors reported a remarkable space-time distortion caused by a pack of several hundreds of SCP-055-IT instances, which is believed to have been attracted by the operations of the "Piscator Vacui" protocol, moving towards Italy from Southeast; it is thought that they'll reach the country in 202█, but is also believed that the increase of specimens will be manageable by the currently existing structures. Therefore, the Superintendence felt necessary to issue a directive to all personnel with Level 4/055 or higher clearance to handle the event.

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